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Hugh Jackman: ‘Wolverine’ Sequel Isn’t Guaranteed

Fox has plans for another Wolverine film, again directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, but those plans aren’t necessarily in line with the actor’s. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the veteran X-Men star made it clear he will only pop the claws again for a Wolverine sequel if the story meets his specifications.

“I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie,” he said. “I am really proud of [The Wolverine] and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, I won’t be doing it.”

Jackman confirmed that there’s no script for the Wolverine sequel at the moment, “but Jim Mangold and I were literally on the phone last night talking about ideas but there is no script and no writer yet so it’s a way off.”

Beyond the Wolverine solo films, Jackman next appears as the fan-favorite mutant in X-Men: Days of Future Past, hitting theaters on May 23, 2014. Director Bryan Singer has also announced a Days of Future Past follow-up titled X-Men: Apocalypse, arriving on May 27, 2016. Given his current position on playing the character, there’s no guarantee that Jackman will appear as Wolverine in Apocalypse.


  • lewis4510

    Hugh Jackman has become the engine that makes the X-Men films work. If he decides to walk away Fox is screwed. If they recast that won’t be able to get away with casting an unknown. They got lucky when they found him.

  • andrew11

    If The Wolverine is his idea of “high standards,” then I guess the folks at Fox have nothing to worry about.

  • PietroMaximoff

    it’s all about the money, money, money…
    u know the rest of the song…

  • scarecrow

    i just want to see the freaking costume on wolvie in a movie. i dont care if hugh jackmans in it or not, i just want the costumed wolverine.

  • Kyle Rayner

    What he really said is, “If they offer me enough money, I will do another solo flick.”

  • Frank

    I hope he decides to do another film. I always enjoy his portrayal as Wolverine, I can’t stand the comic book Wolverine anymore. I wonder if Days of Future Past may have some input on his decisions, especially if it’s meant to change the future (present). We’ll have to see. It”s still up in the air, especially since The Wolverine was out four years after X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Well given the standards of people at Fox so far it’s not easy for them to reach even that level again any time soon

  • Tommy Rankin

    I hope so too. I don’t care for comics Wolverine either anymore, he’s fallen so fr from what he used to be. Seeing Jackman’s take on him is really refreshing. He’s the one that has been keeping Fox’s X-Men franchise running for the most part

  • Felix Cohen

    lol I agree

  • logat890

    they should put in more black humor and irreverence into the treatment. the moping tortured warrior schtick was coma inducing in the last movie

  • sowat

    If his standards had been this high during Origins we wouldn’t have any Wolverine movie from him.

    But I did enjoy The Wolverine, not great, but not bad at all.

  • tapwaterisbetter

    I liked the movie a lot. I think they did a really good job with the movie.

  • Jeyl

    So, X-Men First Class was a complete and utter disaster?